Across the boundless plane of his luminous pond, Claude Monet observed the ghostly images of the reflected trees and the bright lilies on the shimmering waters. Monet had used an exuberant palette in the second year of his series on the Japanese bridge in 1900.
Now he applied the nuance of tone he acquired during his London campaign to the water garden, and he took the daring step of eliminating all surrounding terrain, making water his exclusive subject in his 1905 work, Water Lilies.
Claude Monet's Water Lilies (1906) reveals the discoveries Monet made about the nature of water. Click to the next section to see these revelations in Monet's Water Lilies (1906).